Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Upholstered Accent Wall Tutorial

Hello sweet people that read my blog. I have a favor to ask...I'm excited to show you today's project but it's over on the fabric.com blog. Click here to follow the link over and read it. (that's the favor, to go read it) : )

Fabric Upholstered Wall Tutorial

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DIY Picture Ledge

Yay! I love it when I can show you a super cheap, quick and easy project that can make such a difference. That's what this project is.. Our hall has never been my favorite.  It's dark and narrow and full of paneling and has no personality. I made a gallery wall a long time ago with pictures of the girls at 6 months, a year, 18 months and 2. I used dollar store frames and just taped the pictures to the back of the filler picture they came with. So yeah, kinda sad. I would say that I have to straighten the frames almost everyday and the week before I finally decided to do something about it, one of the frames finally gave up on life, fell and broke.  My options for the wall were, spend lots of money on nice frames or build a ledge and style it and switch up the pictures however often I want. Done deal!
I've loved the look of pictures ledges for so long but was reluctant to add one in the hall because I was nervous about people bumping into it or the kids knocking their heads. Then I realized if I put it to the height it needed to be (above the crooked thermostat), the girls will be way older by the time they could knock into it and, by then, they should know not scale the walls when they're walking. ; )

So here's the before, after the fall.

I should also say that I had already pulled the frames off the wall when I realized I had no before picture and because that's blogging 101, I stuck the nails back in the wall and hung the pictures back up (in incorrect order) for this picture.

You'll need the following materials for this project:

1x4 cut to length
1x3 cut to length
1x2 cut to length
wood glue
2" counter sunk nails (those are just nails with small heads that can go into wood, not big ole circles on the top)
paint or stain
screws for install
drill for pilot holes on install

The shelf is for the wall between the girls room and playroom. I made it 5ft long with about 15" on either side of each door. So the first thing I did, was cut the wood to length.

There were a couple different ways I could have positioned the wood. I saw some tutorials with the 1x4 as the bottom piece. This would have been fine for a wall with no traffic but because I wanted it to be as narrow as possible I choose to use the 1x3 as the base. The 1x4 butts up to the base and will be screwed into the wall and the 1x2 acts as the lip in the front so that nothing slides off.

After I decided on the shape, I used wood glue and nails to connect the front and back pieces to the base.

After it was assembled, I brought it in and centered and leveled it on the wall.

Then it was time for white paint. We all painted. We're very serious about our art.

I tried to wait patiently until the next day to install it but WHO AM I KIDDING?! I don't do stuff like that.

Since the hallway is paneling, we used 2 1/2" screws and drove them right into the studs. We hung one side first, checked again to make sure it was level and then did 2 more screws into the next studs. We drilled pilot holes first so that the wood didn't split. Thank you sweet hubs, for hanging a shelf for me when I told you we could wait until the next day..

DIY picture ledge tutorial. Such a great idea for a narrow space like a hallway or for a gallery wall display.

Then I got to style it! I love the way it turned out.

DIY picture ledge tutorial. Such a great idea for a narrow space like a hallway or for a gallery wall display.

I played around with the arrangement of the frames and made it go shortest to tallest so that your eye kept moving down the hall. The tall dark frame at the beginning would have been a little too heavy and would have brought attention to the front and not all the way to the end of the shelf. Sounds kinda picky but you'd be surprised what a difference stuff like this makes.

The plant covers up the thermostat. I also love that it breaks up the straight line of the shelf. Hopefully it stays alive.. the hallway is dark and I don't have a good track record with these plants yet. Also, I really need to water plants before I take pictures....

 I used frames we already had and mostly black and white pictures.

DIY picture ledge tutorial. Such a great idea for a narrow space like a hallway or for a gallery wall display.

DIY picture ledge tutorial. Such a great idea for a narrow space like a hallway or for a gallery wall display.

Sorry, now I watered and took happier plant pictures.

The dots on this mirror aren't there anymore.. I've painted it although I'm not sure I love how it looks yet. I like the reflection now though.

DIY picture ledge tutorial. Such a great idea for a narrow space like a hallway or for a gallery wall display.

The pictures in the tall frame are the girls both at 18 months. Sweet pumpkins.

DIY picture ledge tutorial. Such a great idea for a narrow space like a hallway or for a gallery wall display.

The print of our house is from Geralyn at Door Before. Such a cute little addition to the wall.

DIY picture ledge tutorial. Such a great idea for a narrow space like a hallway or for a gallery wall display.

This is one of those projects that, now that it's done, I can't believe we didn't do it sooner. From start to finish it took about an hour not including dry time and parenting time. We spent maybe $10 in materials. That's a good project.

Is there a wall you think you could use one or two of these on? Tell me about it!  Let me know if you have any questions or if I left anything out.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Turn a cloth calendar into a throw pillow

Well hello! Happy New Year. As of the 6th of January I've been blogging for a whole year. Granted, I've been doing one post a week for half of that but still! It's been fun and challenging and more work than I anticipated but totally worth it. God has blessed it and given me awesome opportunities to collaborate with other bloggers and even some companies. I hope I've improved over this last year. Mostly, I hope I've given you lots of ideas for making your house a home. I hope you've read a post and thought, "I can do that". That would make my heart so happy. If you're here for the 75th time or the first, thanks for coming and 'guess what? I love you, I love you, I LOVE YOU!' That's from Elf. You're welcome.

Now onto today's post.  I've had this idea ever since I got this adorable calendar from a sweet friend before 2016 ever started. I never would have bought it for myself because while it's so cute, I wouldn't get years and years of use out of it. That's pretty much a requirement for things I buy. Also, I love that I have friends that do sweet things for me when I won't do them for myself. Thank you Diana.

I included this very unedited photo of where the adorable calendar hung all year. Real life people... I even see a tiny magenta pom pom on the floor.

Anyway, I love it so much and it would be a shame to not get to see it everyday now that it's 2017. So here's my idea. Turn it into a pillow and give it to someone that had a big 2016. You know, like a wedding or a child or the best day ever like in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

One of my very best friends had a pretty significant 2016. She had not one but TWO beautiful babies! Twin girls! Two amazing gifts from God. This picture is a favorite of mine from her baby shower. I blogged about the fiesta theme here. Side note: This picture make me miss my self tanner.

For a whole year, I've been waiting to make this vision in my head, a cuteness reality.  So, this was her one-week-late Christmas present.

This post contains some affiliate links. I explained this to my oldest Nickerbean. She says it sounds like cheating but you don't pay any more and I told her that I'd tell you that I would use the money to buy cinnamon chips at Taco Bueno. OK? ok.

Our calendar is from the Dime Store here in Denton but I found some cute ones here, here and here. It would even be awesome to find a vintage one in an important year and use that. 

First, I circled their birthday on the calendar- June 23rd. I just used a metallic sharpie. I like how it kind of bled out. Simple and imperfect.

Then I folded it in half. Almost. You can see I didn't incorporate the folded edge it used to hang from. I sewed up all the sides and left about 4 inches of space on the last side so that I could later stuff it.

I the smallest bag of stuffing I could find. And filled in the form. I made sure to get filling down into the corners. I usually love to have feather pillow forms and if this were a bigger pillow, I would have but because its small and will just serve as decoration, the polyfil stuff will work just fine.

After I stuffed the form I used a needle and thread and tried to inconspicuously sew up the rest of the pillow.

Such a great idea for an important year! Cloth calendar into a pillow

Ta Da! I love the way it turned out! It's a sweet little memento from a pretty special year. It's nothing fancy and definitely handmade but I hope you like it, Lindsay. And tell those sweet babies Aunt Jess says not pee, poop or spit up on it. But I'll totally still love them if they do.

Such a great idea for an important year! Cloth calendar into a pillow

As an added bonus, I thought I'd show you some pictures of their precious nursery. I took these over the summer before the girls were even here.

I found this dresser at goodwill and they added feet and painted it this warm yellow color.

Take note: Glitter rainbow unicorn kittens are basically a must in every nursery.

Lindsay, I hope you like your little Christmas present. I've been wanting to tell you my idea all year and I had to keep it. That was rough. Thanks for always being an amazing friend. Love you to the moon!

Such a great idea for an important year! Cloth calendar into a pillow

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Guest Post at Fabricdotcom

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Jesus is born!

Just popping in to tell you that I guest blogged at fabric.com a couple weeks ago. You might have already seen me mention it on facebook or instagram but here's the link. I worked harder than expected on it so I'd love for you to click over and at least scroll through really quick ; )

curtains // chair
Even if you don't have my taste in fabrics, I've shared some helpful tips for pattern mixing. Insert your own taste here! Hope you have a great day.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

It's Cold: A Flannel Sheet Round Up

Yall! I posted this picture last week on my Instagram and was amazed by how many people said, "I need some flannel sheets". They're the best in the whole wide world*. *By that I mean, best material thing.. in the winter... at bedtime. 

Flannel Sheet Round Up-- Cozy winter bedding

So, on the heels of this new revelation, I thought I'd source some cute flannel sheets for you to add to your Christmas list or to buy with your Christmas gift cards.

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Flannel Sheet Round Up | House Homemade
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6 // //  8 // 9 // 10

Ok, you wont have to click around much to figure out they're all from Target. It's where I buy our sheets. They have great prices and I've loved every set I've had so why shop around?

I love patterned sheets. We've talked about all of that before. (You can find some mix and match bedding picks here.)  I think it's fun to have a little something fun under a solid or more buttoned up quilt or comforter. Flannel sheets are only on the bed for a few months in the year in Texas so even if you aren't sure about pattern, its a little investment and you can always go back to your solid sheets for the longest part of the year.


These patterns are so small that from afar they look like a solid.

Then this is such a bold pattern but when your bed is made, all you see is the pop of the pillow case. If you are like me and love to mix pattern, these sheets would look great with a floral or paisley or even a small scale stripe. Go for it.

And those kids sheets! They're so fun! I want the black and white alphabet ones for the girls room but I'm waiting. And watching. And trying to persuade myself.

Such cute alphabet kids flannel sheets. Perfect in a colorful room.
Wouldn't they look so good with the black wall and bight bedding?! Yes. Yes they would.

Girls black white and color shared room | House Homemade

Ok, so that was just a quick post for you and I guess a PSA. If you don't have flannel sheets and you're always cold, like me, you should definitely consider them. They're under $25 for a king set and they make me so happy on a cold night.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Buyamba Uganda- Give Back Blog Hop

Hello and Merry almost Christmas! This post is a little different than the norm for me but I hope you'll keep going.

Today, I'm talking about giving.  Making sure we are generous with what God has given us is VERY important in this household. We want to raise our girls with an understanding of just how blessed we are and that we have abundantly more than we could ask or imagine. I have learned first hand, that the more generous you are, the more God pours into your life. Not just in finances but in relationships, opportunities and general happiness. It shouldn't be the motivation behind giving but God is good and does sweet things like that.

I was so excited when Brynne from The Gathered Home contacted me about a Give Back blog hop where I had a chance to talk about my favorite charity. PS I've been reading Brynne's blog for a long time so it makes me giddy that she even thought of me. If you're here from Cuckoo for Design, welcome!

We have lots of organizations that we love but my favorite is Buyamba Uganda. Buyamba means "help". They're an orphan outreach in Uganda. I've known of them for a long time through our church. Their mission: "to empower the orphaned and needy children of Uganda to impact their nation for Christ." Cue tears. To me, it's one thing to help, but to equip people to change their own world gives me all the goosebumps.


The ministry was founded by late Pastor Bethuel and his wife Florence Dongo. They have 4 biological children and 12 adopted children. They clearly have huge hearts and big dreams that they have devoted their lives to making a reality. We were able to meet Pastor Dongo when he visited our church here in North Texas a few years ago and because of his life, he leaves such a huge legacy behind not only in Uganda but here in our neck of the woods.

Years ago we, as a church, raised funds to help them build and finish God Cares High School. Every year a group from our church goes over and helps them with their summer camp. My aunt has been a couple times and she calls it 'Uganda perspective'. Compared to us, these kids don't have much but they have everything they need and they are abundantly grateful to the One who provides and loves them.  It's humbling.


There are so many ways to help Buyamba Uganda. We can't all do it all but we can all do something.  I know, especially as the holidays approach, we feel pulled in lots of different directions and our list of things to buy or spend money on gets bigger. It only takes a little to make a big difference and I try to remember to help in June when the money isn't flying out of the bank as quickly as it does in December. Just a budgeting tip from yours truly. So here they are; ways to help:

Sponsor a student. You can pay monthly or up front and sponsor a child's education or room and board or both, for the year. If you feel lead to do that, you can find more information here. You can write them letters, they can write you letters... Our girls know our sponsored buddies by name and pray for them. It's the sweetest thing.

Send someone to camp. This is a yearly outreach for kids in outlying areas that may have never been to church. A fun week full of activities and chances to hear Good News. There's more info on that here.

Buy shoes or a uniform. A pair of shoes costs $15. Have you seen these shoes? They're adjustable and grow 5 sizes and are heavy duty enough to last 5 years. That's amazing and the gift that keeps on giving. A uniform for school costs $25. Both of those could be a one time donation with a big, practical impact.

Amazon Smile. You can help by making a purchase through Amazon. Did you know that? Set up your account and shop under smile.amazon.com and it'll tell you if your purchase qualifies to send a small amount of the purchase to your designated charity. Here's more about it if you aren't already signed up.

Since this is a blog all about DIY and thriftiness, I thought I might try to bring you a crafty way you can help as well.

Pillowcase dresses. If you like to sew and you could make a few, that would be amazing! There are patterns all over Pinterest but this is the site that they go by. There are good tutorials and helpful tips. If I can follow, you can follow. Promise. If you don't have time to sew but you really need to clear out your craft closet, donate the fabric and let someone else do the sewing. If you are interested in either donating or sewing please email me at Jessica@househomemade.us and we can talk specifics and I can give you more details.

If none of this appeals to you, find a cause that does. Find one that makes your heart beat faster. There is so much need and little gestures can make big impacts. Do it for yourself. Do it as an example to your kids. Help them to realize the world is so much bigger than them. I double-dog-dare you to find something, and do something and watch God bless the gift and the giver.

To the awesome people at Buyamba Uganda, thank you for the amazing work you do taking care of these sweet, beautiful faces. Thank you for meeting practical needs and so much more. Thank you for affecting generations through the work you're doing right now.

Brynne, thank you so much for your sweet heart in putting this together! There is no better time to look past ourselves and find ways we can help each other. Because this is a blog hop, keep going-- Click over to The Home I Create and see what Linda has for you today! I'm so happy to be surrounded by these awesome women.

Thanks for reading, friends!

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